Mount Aloysius College

Mount Aloysius Nursing Program Among Pennsylvania’s Best

CRESSON, Pa. August 25, 2015 – The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division has been ranked by as one of the top nursing programs in Pennsylvania.  Mount Aloysius nursing students benefit from a committed faculty, patient-specific simulations utilizing a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar nursing simulation center, and access to excellent clinical sites around the region.  Consistently over the past four years, Mount Aloysius nurses are passing the State licensure exams at exceptionally high rates—over 92 percent, or about 12 percent above the state and national averages.  These National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX) results reflect pass rates of nursing license test-takers.  Graduates must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley applauded the recognition by Nurse Journal, and the exceptional performance of the Nursing Division.  “Our Nursing Division faculty are committed to our students and to the region’s healthcare,” said President Foley.  “They are experienced clinicians and educators.  The combination of a solid curriculum, modern technology, and excellent clinical partners provide Mount Aloysius nursing students the foundation they need for outstanding careers.”  Foley added, “The Nursing Division maintains close contact with the area’s healthcare employers so we can continue to prepare graduates with skills they need to enter the workforce as contributors from day one.  We are committed to preparing graduates who are job-ready, community-ready, and technology-ready.  We are proud that a significant percentage of regional nurses are graduates of Mount Aloysius.”

Mount Aloysius College’s NCLEX pass rate last fall was 92.05 percent.  The achievement places it above the state’s average pass rate of 82.82 percent. The average national pass rate for the reported time period for first-time students is 81.74 percent, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

The mission of is to create a social community for nurses around the world where they can inform, share and educated each other.  As part of that mission, they seek out the best nursing schools in each region of the United States.

The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  Mount Aloysius College has been continually educating nurses since 1965.

For additional information on the Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division contact the college at 888.823.2220 or visit their web site at


Mount Aloysius College Welcomes Mercy Presidential Scholars

CRESSON, Pa. April 17, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College recognized 29 Mercy Presidential Scholars and their families recently at the Mercy Presidential Scholarship Dinner held in the College’s Bertschi Center and Technology Commons.  The students, distinguished by their academic achievements, leadership and community service, earned a collective high school grade point average of 3.82 with critical reading and math SAT scores ranging between 1100-1400.  The community service component was a crucial selection criterion.  Service is a core value of Mount Aloysius College– one of 18 US colleges affiliated with the founding Religious Sisters of Mercy.  Over the past two years the Mount Aloysius College community gave back over 25,000 hours of service to the community.  The service hours exceeded $250,000 in value.  Every club on the campus has a community service component built right into the Charter.   The list of projects touches local, regional, national and international organizations.

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the students chosen as Mercy Presidential Scholars reflect the school’s expectations for their bright future. “This year’s Mercy Presidential Scholars were chosen on the basis of their community service and their academic talents,” he said.  “At Mount Aloysius College it’s clear that character is the foundation for leadership, academic success and a deepening commitment to their community.  We look forward to their future contributions at Mount Aloysius College,” he added.

Frank Crouse, vice president for enrollment management welcomed the group of Mercy Scholars, their parents, faculty and staff. “Of the many students competing for recognition as a Mercy Presidential Scholar,” he said, “these young men and women best exemplify the values and goals of Mount Aloysius College.  We are very glad to have them here.”

The College’s Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions hosted the event to recognize prospective students who demonstrate solid academics and a commitment to home, school and community.  The new Mount Aloysius College Mercy Presidential Scholars, their majors and hometown follow:

Peace Ani – Nursing 2+2 – Western School of Technology & Environmental Science (Baltimore, Md.);

Sydney Barger – Medical Imaging 2+2 – Altoona Area High School (Altoona, Pa.);

Keriann Black—Pharmacy 3-3—Christian Life Academy (Oil City, Pa.);

Jessica Bressler—Medical Imaging 2+2—Bald Eagle Area High School (Julian, Pa.);

Sydney Brown –History/Political Science—Davison High School (Davison, MI);

David Cain—Physician Assistant 3-2—Bedford High School (Everett, Pa.);

Lucy Craig—Osteopathic Medicine 4-4—Watkins Glen High School (Rock Stream, NY);

Jenna Deemer—Nursing 2+2—Saint Marys Area High School (Weedville, Pa.);

Madison Detwiler—Undecided—Williamsburg Community High School (Williamsburg, Pa.);

Savannah Doane—Accounting—Lee-Davis High School (Mechanicsville, Va.);

Logan Flick—Nursing 2+2—Somerset Area High School (Friedens, Pa.);

Natalie Folton—Professional Studies - Ultrasound—North Star High School (Boswell, Pa.);

Jordan Gebhart—Nursing 2+2—Red Lion Area High School  (Red Lion, Pa.);

Teresa Goc—American Sign Language/English Interpreting—York Catholic High School (York, Pa.);

Emily Goldyn—Criminology—Forest Hills High School (Portage, Pa.);

Nicholas Goldyn—History/Political Science – Secondary Education—Forest Hills High School (Portage, Pa.);

Grace Grata—Nursing 2+2—Central Cambria High School (Ebensburg, Pa.);

Trenton Hoag—Pre-Law—Derry Area High School (Blairsville, Pa.);

Brittany Hubler—Nursing 2+2—Clearfield Area High School (Clearfield, Pa.);

Seth Hull—Criminology—Bishop Carroll High School (Johnstown, Pa.);

Aaron Mogle—Nursing 2+2—Bellwood-Antis High School (Tyrone, Pa.);

Jordan Morrison—American Sign Language/English Interpreting—Avon Grove Charter School (Oxford, Pa.);

Theresa Muir—Medical Imaging 2+2—Gateway High School (Monroeville, Pa.);

Jacob Pasley—Medical Imaging 2+2—Hollidaysburg Area High School (Duncansville, Pa.);

Nathaniel Reiner—Information Technology—Shippensburg Area High School (Shippensburg, Pa.);

Amanda Schneider—Physical Therapy 4-3—Solanco High School (New Providence, Pa.);

Hannah Simpson—Biology/Pre-Health—Brookville Area High School (Brookville, Pa.);

Casey Young—Business Administration—Altoona Area High School (Altoona, Pa.); and

Makalah Zankey—Nursing 2+2—Windber Area High School (Windber, Pa.). 



Mount Aloysius College To Host Dr. Timothy Shriver as Moral Choices Lecturer

CRESSON, Pa. April 1, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has announced that the College’s Moral Choices and Honors Lecturer for Spring 2015 will be Dr. Timothy Shriver.  Dr. Timothy Shriver, author, essayist, educator, film producer, justice advocate and Chairman of the International Special Olympics, is the son of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver –founders of the Peace Corps, Job Corps, Head Start, and the Special Olympics.  His recently published book is titled, “Fully Alive: Discovering What Really Matters.”  Shriver’s Mount Aloysius College lecture, scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. will bear the same title.  Dr. Shiver is the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy. 

“Dr. Tim Shriver is a thought-leader, activist and theologian whose positive spirit serves to lift-up those who hear his message of hope and who are touched by his enthusiastic approach to life,” said Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley.  “As the Mount Aloysius College community continues to explore “The Good Life,” we expect his contributions to this yearlong discourse to offer us a unique vantage point.  Tim Shriver is a champion for people who are often forgotten, and the wisdom he finds in his interactions with them is invaluable.  We are excited to have Dr. Tim Shriver share those insights with the College and the southern Allegheny community and we are all looking forward to his visit.”         

Through his Chairmanship of Special Olympics, Dr. Shriver serves 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries.  He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe. 

Since joining Special Olympics in 1996, Shriver has led the organization’s most ambitious growth agenda leading to the recruitment of millions of new athletes around the world.  He has worked with the leaders of China to initiate a thriving program in their country highlighted by the country’s hosting of 2007 Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai.   He has also worked with many world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bertie Ahern, and others to advance the growth of the Special Olympics mission and vision while challenging nations to adopt more supportive and just policies.  In addition, he has worked to garner more legislative attention and government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying several times before Congress.

As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the forgotten, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share the stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad,” and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.”  He is Executive Producer of “The Ringer,” a Farrelly Brothers’ film, and “Front of the Class,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie.  He has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Before joining Special Olympics, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning.  He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning.

Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from The Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut.  He is the recipient of numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College, Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut, Niagara University, University of Illinois, and Villanova University; the Medal of the City of Athens, Greece; the Order de Manuel Amador Guerrera of the Republic of Panama; the Connecticut Citizen of the Year Award; the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion; the Lions Humanitarian Award, and the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award.  In 2011, he was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top 100 Game Changers.  He has authored articles in many leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Commonweal Magazine.

He and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C. area with their five children.


Mount Aloysius President Foley Published in Vital Speeches

CRESSON, Pa. January 27, 2015 – The keynote address delivered by President Foley to the Cresson American Legion Post on Veterans Day was selected for inclusion in the prestigious journal Vital Speeches of the Day.  Vital Speeches publishes 120 speeches per year by thought-leaders from around the world.  President Foley’s address, “Veterans Day Remembrance: Of Soldiers and Dreamers,” appeared in an issue which contained 10 speeches, including recent remarks by President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, Australian Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson and the celebrated American writer, Ursula Le Guin.

Foley’s speech was delivered on Veteran’s Day and recounted the experiences of an uncle who was killed in the Second World War and reflected his own experiences as a volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland during its “Troubles.”

The kernel of President Foley’s talk was clear, timeless as war itself, and universal—“War is about winning and losing.  Someone wins and someone loses.  War is also about how even as we win, we are leaving behind—losing—something of ourselves.”  His remarks were published in the January 2015 Vol.1 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day.  

Mount Aloysius College President Foley is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.  He serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD), Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), St. Xavier University, Chicago, and the NCAA Presidents Council and previously chaired eight statewide boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, PennSERVE, and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation.  He was one of four Pennsylvania college presidents invited by the White House to their recent Conference on Higher Education.


Mount Aloysius Honors Dr. Martin Luther King With Weeklong Activities

CRESSON, Pa. January 19, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College is commemorating the life of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeklong series of service activities conducted throughout the campus and the community.  This evening, a highlight of the week will be the choir “Essence of Joy,“ offering music from the African and African-American Traditions at 7:00 p.m. in historic Alumni Hall.  “Essence of Joy” is one of eight choral ensembles from the Penn State School of Music.  There is no charge for admission.

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the school’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King is inclusive and community oriented.  “The College traditionally commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with proactive service contributions to the community, and cultural events that reflect the unique contributions of African-Americans to our national tapestry.  Rather than a day-off,” said President Foley, “we opt, instead, for a week-on to offer students an opportunity to learn more about his pivotal place in American and global history, and to follow his example of selflessness.” 

To commemorate the week, the College’s Community Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship Center has coordinated a series of service activities that students are undertaking during the week.  These include writing and delivering cards to local hospice patients, writing and sending letters of thanks to US service personnel stationed overseas, mobilizing recycling efforts throughout the campus, organizing a community clothing drive and collecting funds to be donated to a local nonprofit service organization.  The series of service events is organized in a fun, competitive way among the Mount Aloysius College student groups.  The winning group will chose the non-profit beneficiary of the fund-drive.  

Various students groups are choosing to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy through a variety of service activities.  During the week, the College’s Student Activities office is offering students the opportunity to see the film “Selma” at local theaters.


Mount Aloysius Students Institute "Change for Change"

CRESSON, Pa. – Sometimes just hearing a story can bring about a change and move people to action.  Recently some Mount Aloysius College students, hearing the story of a classmate whose family takes in foster children, were moved to make life a bit easier for similar local families.  The class, technically known as Connections - Section 36, is taught by Ms. Christine Koren, MBA.  “Hearing the story of one of our students who lives inside a foster family, her classmates wanted to help more foster families in our area,” she said. “They created “Change for Change,” raising money and collecting toys then donating them to Professional Family Care Services.  I’m really proud of them.”

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley appreciates both the actions of the Mountie freshman and the story behind their motivation.  “Just two months into this academic year, it’s great to see freshmen grasping the ethos of the College,” he said.  “We frequently cite the `Mount Aloysius story’ to visitors, staff, students and even prospective students and their families.  In general terms, the Mount Aloysius story is about identifying a need, making a commitment, and then stepping forward to fill that need—be it personal, familial, regional or global.  I extend my congratulations to the students and faculty for reaching out and helping others.  Especially this time of year, we see this self-less impulse at work all over campus in so many ways.”

At Mount Aloysius College, the freshman Connections seminar is aimed focusing first year students on participating in the College’s community of thinkers and learners.  According to Dr. Michael Jones, coordinator of the Connections Seminars on campus, “The Mount Aloysius College Connections Seminar for freshmen delves into academic expectations, resources, values, and the 161-year old traditions of Mount Aloysius College.  Students are challenged,” added Dr. Jones, “to continue developing and recognizing their intellectual potential, understand their academic and moral responsibilities, and examine their rights and responsibilities as local, regional and global citizens.”

During the past two years over 25,000 hours of community service has been forthcoming from Mount Aloysius College students, faculty and staff. These efforts translate to over a half million dollars in value to the communities, not-for-profits and agencies helped by the College.  Each of the 100 student clubs on campus has a service component built right into their chapters, and this Mount Aloysius College “Connections” seminar, attended by all freshmen, instills the need and the expectation that MAC students give back to their communities.

Professional Family Care Services, headquartered in Johnstown, Pa., is a non-profit agency focused on child welfare services. They manage foster parenting and assist in adoption for children of all ages.     The agency also provides special needs support, called early Intervention, for little ones from birth through age three and operates this area's Early Head Start program.

Anyone wishing to contribute to “Change for Change” should contact the College at (814) 886-4131.



Mount Aloysius Incoming Students Help Haiti

CRESSON, Pa. – The incoming class at Mount Aloysius College is likely the largest ever.  These students–who hail from 18 states, five foreign countries and three continents –also arrived with big hearts ready to help those in need.  Prior to arriving on the Cresson campus, the incoming Mount Aloysius College students collected an array of items destined to help needy Haitian children.  The students gathered needed items like underwear and socks for both boys and girls, hair ties and other toiletries for young girls, and lots of toys like balls, kites, and other small fun gifts for the children.   As the students arrived for Move-in Day their collected gifts were stacked at a receiving station in Cosgrave Hall.  This week the first shipment was loaded up and sent over to Sister Martha of the Carmelite Community of the Word in Loretto, Pa.  Once again, Sister Martha is assembling a tractor-trailer filled with items bound for Haiti later this fall.  During Orientation, MAC students attended “Leadership Through Service.”   Incoming Mount Aloysius students also worked on service projects for area school children, US service veterans, and the elderly.  Last year Mount Aloysius College students, faculty and staff and donated nearly 12,000 hours of service to various community projects, locally, regionally and internationally.

Shown here, from left, are: Elaine Grant, director of student activities at Mount Aloysius College; Caitlyn Spetzer, a nursing student from State College, Pa.; Claire Kirsch, a psychology major from Clymer, Pa., Chelsea Snelick, a Mount Aloysius nursing student from Brockway, Pa.; Chandler Rhoades, events and marketing specialist for Mount Aloysius; and Harold Ingram, a business major from Philadelphia, Pa.


Anonymous $500,000 Gift to Mount Aloysius Will Memorialize Mercy Sister

CRESSON, Pa. – An anonymous benefactor with a long memory and a generous heart has donated $500,000 toward the renovation and re-purposing of the Mount Aloysius College’s former gymnasium–the Health and Fitness Center.   Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that, other than a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this anonymous gift is the largest in the College’s current capital campaign.

“Everyone associated with Mount Aloysius College is extremely grateful for this gift,” said President Foley.  “The donor has directed us to memorialize the work of Sister Virginia “Ginny” Bertschi, RSM who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with then College President Sr. Mary Ann Dillon, RSM as her Administrative Senior Vice President.  Together with the College’s Board, they engineered the formulation and execution of a transformational Campus Master Plan.  The recent completion of the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center marks the culmination of that Plan.”

President Foley noted that the scope of achievement by the Sisters Bertschi-Dillon team is remarkable and made an historic impact on the beautification of the 193-acre campus.  “Sister Ginny Bertschi with Sister Mary Ann Dillon oversaw the construction of two modern dormitories– McAuley Hall and Misciagna Residence– a 40 percent expansion of Cosgrave Center, the complete remodeling of the Nursing wing, the general beautification of the grounds–including the brick-framed entrance to the College, the funding of the brick walkways, and so many other improvements which protect the many architectural highlights of Old Main while integrating the modern campus that is Mount Aloysius College today.”

President Foley noted that Sister Virginia Bertschi was a remarkable administrative leader.  “By all accounts, Sister Ginny was smart, resilient and a tireless asset to Mount Aloysius College.  She embodied dynamic commonsense, and was a model of creative stewardship as, together with Sister Mary Ann Dillon and the rest of the College’s Board of Trustees, they sought new ways to advance the College.  It is the wish of this generous donor,” he said, “to memorialize her contributions to the College and to the community by naming this great student space, `The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center.’”

The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center occupies central space within the beautiful 193-acre Mount Aloysius College campus.  The building sits just off the central red-brick walking mall which connects the iconic Main Building westward toward the Library–adding access to Cosgrave Center and paths to two residence halls—Ihmsen and Misciagna along the way.

Plans for repurposing the multi-purpose facility call for student-centered spaces where commuter and residential students can relax, socialize, study, conduct meetings, enjoy games and manage the business of over 100 student clubs, teams and organizations on campus.  Kitchen facilities will allow students to enjoy snacks and will also give the College an additional venue for its growing roster of special events.

Anyone seeking additional information regarding support to Mount Aloysius College should contact Mrs. Jennifer Dubuque, vice president for institutional advancement at Mount Aloysius College.  She can be reached at (814) 886-6331 or by email at